Where Is My Sister
The pain of the same answer hit hard inside the hearts of Tika and Mina. Confusion was in full force. They both cried quietly after each house they had gone to. But each time the crying did not last as the time before. After going to 20 different houses, they slowly made their way home. When they got to the end of the block they decided to run for just maybe mom and dad were home now for it was 3 hours later. Even before they got to the front door they were yelling out, "Mom, Dad ............. Mom, Dad ............ Mom, Dad" But there was no answer as the door was pushed open. They could not hold it in again and both of them turned to each other and began to cry so hard as they held each other so tightly.
After, it seemed for hours, but it was only minutes their sobbing slowly slowed down. "Mina," Tika started, "What are we going to do, what are we going to do?"
Mina is slow to speak as she is again confused. Then the words started to come, "Tika, ..... I do not think mom and dad are going to come home. We have to think of what to do. We have to think like an adult as to what to do. Let's first see if mom and dad left any money behind and then we will look to see how much food we have. We can also ask some of the neighbors if they can help us. So let us do that and then we will talk again."
So they looked all over the house and found about 600,000 rupiah (about $72) There was about 30 lbs of rice left and some vegetables so that was good. The rice would last a long time for just the two of them if it did not go bad. There was no meat, now snacks, not bottled drinking water, or anything else that they could consume to stay alive. They would now need to make sure they boiled the water themselves for mom would not be there to help them.
They decided not to go to school for they had to ride the bus to school and back and that took the money that was in short supply. Mina remembered that one day that mom had taken her shopping they had 3 girls, about her age begging for money or something to eat. So they decided since they had some money, they would not beg for food but only for money.
The days went by and the weeks went by. One day melted into another day and it was hard to keep track as to what day of the week or the day of the month. Once in awhile they would ask an adult what the date was. The rice lasted for 3 months and as it was almost gone, they began to wonder what they would do when it was all gone. None of the neighbors could take them in as they were having a rough time feeding their own families. A few of the families would give them some leaves of a plant for a vegetable and some curry powder but that was the only help they got.
They were not classified as "Street Kids." They did not fully understand what was about to happen and if they did, they would have been scared to death.
Before they fully ran out of rice they decided they would put the rice in a piece of material and then carry it and leave the house. Mina remembered that they had moved from a farming community many years ago but do not remember what direction that was. No aunts or uncles ever came to visit and so they never met any cousins. They did not know which way to go but they decided together they would be together all the time as they searched for food ........... no that is not right ..... begin beggin' for food and money.
So on a sunny day the set out from the house. They had about 1 pound of rice, the close that they were wearing, a cloth that mother used to keep warm on a chilly evening. It was orange with a pattern of squares over all the material. It looked a lot like what is in the picture above.
As they made their way through the street they grew stronger together with Mina becoming very strong and protective of Tika. After a rain storm they would find a large puddle and wash up, an almost bath. Being 6 and 10 years old, both of them were of the age where being undressed in front of others when bathing was acceptable inside a house or outside.
They found out that it was now December, about 8 months after mom and dad had disappeared. They were getting enough money from beggin that they could buy some rice every week and eat one meal a day most of the time.
One day in December while they were trying to not get noticed by anyone a car parks a little ways down the street. They now looked like street children for their hair was not clean and their clothes were dirty all the time. But Mina was now almost eleven and was beginning to show a small amount of feminine curves. Her face had the features of a young girl that would grow into a very good looking young woman.
They were getting closer and closer to that car and a man got out of the front seat but the driver stayed in the car. He began to walk towards them and when he was close enough Mina was bold and confident and asks "Do you have some money to help us, mister?
The man stopped and looked right at her, "Well young lady, I just might have some money for you." as he reached into one pocket, then another, and another until there were no more pockets. Then he said "I am sorry I do not have any rupiah in my pockets. But I now I have some in the car. Come with me and I will get you some." He started to turn but he purposefully stopped waiting for her to respond.
"Come on, it is okay, if you want your sister can stay right here and you just follow me to the car."
Mina thought for a split second and thought that ... 'okay, Tika will stay here so he cannot steal her away. If he tries to grab me I can run very fast back here. So she said "Okay, I will follow you."
The man began to walk slowly and did not turn around but walked directly to the car. Without her seeing his eyes, he was scanning all the different directions to see if there was anyone paying attention. Normally the police did not patrol side streets so they would not be a problem. When he gets to the car he opens the back door and sits onto the seat but does not put his feet into the car. He reach over to the other side of the car and does not let her see what he picks up but it looks like he takes bills out of the container or bag. Then he turns towards outside of the car and the girl is about 3 feet away.
Mina watches him open the door and sees him reach across the seat and takes something out of a bag. He turns around and sees that it is a large amount of rupiah. Her heart flutters as she quickly thinks 'Wow is he going to give me all of that money?" and the thoughts of what it would do were bouncing around in her head as he says."Here you are young lady." as he peels off bills of 100,000 rupiah denominations (about $12 each).
Mina looks behind her ans sees Tika still standing where she was when herself began to follow the man. She quickly returns to the man and he is now out of the car and he is handing her the money. She knows that it was more than 20 bills when she looked away and so she raised her arm to take the money .............
His other hand came from nowhere and grabbed her right wrist. he was so strong and in one motion he almost felt as thou her are was going to be taken from her shoulder and she was in the air. He turned in one action as she was going by him and she went right into the back seat and slid across the seat. She then heard the engine was running which she had not listened for. The man was then sliding his legs into the back seat, the door closed and the car started to move.
She was able to gather herself together and look out the back window and see her sister running towards the car, but the car was now turning a corner and within a couple of seconds she could no longer see her sister.
Tika was watching her sister walk behind the man very cautiously. When the man looked like he was slowing down, so did Mina. They got to the car and she saw the man open the door and reach into the car. He quickly turned and got out of the car and saw him say something to Mina. It happened so fast, his other hand grabbed Mina and within 2 or 3 seconds she was thrown into the car. Immediately Tika began to run towards the car, but the door closed so fast and the car was already moving forward away from her. Tika yelled "Mina .... Mina .... Mina," as she was running and as the car disappeared around the corner.
Mina is taken to a house, introduced to the house mother and taken to a room. In minutes the house mother come in and says "Young lady, the more rules you follow the less beating you will receive. You now have a new name. It is Desi Love. You will follow all of my instructions and you will do whatever anyone ask you to do. If you disobey anyone at any time you will be whipped with this." She holds up a slender whip that had 4 strands. "Right now you stay in this room, in the morning we will take you to a new nice house. There you will be given new instructions to follow as to where you will be unless you have company. When you are picked you will obey the person that you are helping. Do you understand?"
Mina replies"Yes Ma'am" and goes quiet.
The woman leaves the room and Mina lays down on the bed. She begins to cry and cries herself to sleep. Morning came and Mina wakes up and began to cry again thinking of Tika and thinking 'Tika, where are you. Are you safe? I am so sorry I am not with you ....... I love you Tika and I already miss you so much.'
The door opens and that woman comes and in a grouchy voice says "Okay, lets go." So Mina follows her and she is taken out back an a closed no window van with the door open awaits her and 4 other girls. They all get in and are told not to talk to each other if they do not want to be whipped. The door closes and it was totally dark. They were jostled around as it moved through the city. They did not know which way the were going or what street they were on.
A half hour later the van comes to a stop and the door opens and their eyes hurt from all the light. They are ushered into a big house and into a room off the kitchen. A woman comes in and speak in a nice voice and says "Welcome to your new home. We have strict rules to obey and if you obey you will learn to enjoy what you will be doing. If you fight it you will live in a nightmare. The five of you will be joining 5 other girls, all of you are between 10 and 12 years old. Each of you have a new name and that name will be what you will share with your new friends and clients. And now we will go in and have breakfast and you girls can talk about anything except not about your families or previous friends.
They begin their breakfast and begin to introduce themselves to each other. Then Mina asks the question "What did the woman mean when she said we were clients. I am only almost 11 years old?" All went quiet for none of them knew what that meant. When breakfast ended the woman came back into the room.
"Okay Ladies, follow me." and she immediately turned around and began to walk. The girls follow and they end up in a very nice small bedroom and she begins, "You are now ladies of pure love and fulfillment. That means that the men you will meet will fall in love with you and you will fulfill their every wish."
You have just learned only one way how a child is snatched out of 100s. There is no feelings from those that take children accept the payment of money they make from the sale of each girl or boy. You and us have very little we can do to help girls like Mina. It takes special training to work with young women to bring them out of prostitution.
What you and I can do is find those that are like Tika. Where is she? She probably begins meandering through the streets, begging for whatever anyone will give her. For she is a Street Kid, an orphan, and no one known that has any love for her. For a short time, a few months she is not completely called "spoiled good" for she still remembers her sister, her mother and father and hopes someone will find her and love her.
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